ONS: 30 March 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 30, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ouattara forces took over two more towns in Ivory Coast.
  • ASIA: Myanmar’s junta was officially dissolved.
  • EUROPE: Traces of radioactive iodine from Japan were detected in Britain.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Haiti’s provisional presidential election results are delayed by four days.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Gunmen in Iraq killed 56 people and wounded 98 others.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google launched Google Talk Guru, an instant message chatbot.

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Gaddafi troops forced the Libyan opposition to flee Ras Lanuf.
    • According to the opposition, Gaddafi forces fired rockets and tank shells.
    • There was no independent corroboration of the opposition retreat, although a Reuters correspondent heard warplanes overhead three times today, followed by a series of explosions.
    • The report quoted an opposition fighter who said coalition warplanes bombed the pro-Gaddafi units.
    • Coverage: NY Times, AFP

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Authorities will outline the government’s powers and laws that will govern the September parliamentary elections. (DPA)
  • Ivory Coast: Alassane Ouattara’s forces took over two more towns, Bouafle and Sinfra.(AP)

ASIA

  • China: Three Filipino drug mules found guilty of trafficking were executed in China. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea staged artillery firing drills at Yeonpyeong Island. (AP)
  • Myanmar: The junta was “officially dissolved” while Thein Sein was sworn in as the new president. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A suicide bomber detonated explosives near a rally of a political-religious party in north-western Pakistan, killing at least six people. (DPA)

EUROPE

  • Belgium: Polls revealed that the country’s political crisis is boosting separatists in the Dutch-speaking north. (AFP)
  • Britain: Traces of radioactive iodine from Japan were detected but posed no threat to the public. (AFP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Haiti: The country’s provisional presidential election results are delayed by four days and will now take place on Monday. (AFP)
  • Mexico: US diplomatic cables revealed that Mexican drug cartels are getting weapons from Central America, not just the US. (EFE)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Gunmen charged into a government building in Tikrit leaving 56 people dead and 98 wounded when the attackers blew themselves up. (AP)
  • Palestine: An Israeli warplane killed a Palestinian and wounded another in the Gaza Strip. (Al Jazeera)
  • Syria: President Bashar al-Assad accepted the resignation of the government of Mohammed Naji Otri; the next government is expected to be formed in the coming days. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Google launched Google Talk Guru, an instant message chatbot that can deliver search results and answer queries.
    • Once a user adds Google Talk Guru to his or her Google Talk chat client, he or she can send it instant messages with a pre-determined set of commands.
    • Google Talk Guru doesn’t engage in conversation with users; it simply answers queries.
    • Coverage: Mashable

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Off the coast of Honshu, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 30.3 km
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (31MAR)

  • Colombia: Colombia Forum 2011, organized by the Economist.
  • Sudan: Self-imposed deadline for Sudan and South Sudan to resolve Abyei issue.
  • Russia: Anti-government protest.

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